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They get what they deserve


Tri-State Bird Rescue

has been cleaning oiled seabirds in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The group, founded in 1976 in the wake of an oil spill in the Delaware River, is a first responder and one of the world's leading experts on the protocols necessary to save oiled wildlife. The bird rescue has rehabilitated herons, terns, pelicans and sea turtles and is releasing them in safe areas where they're expected to recover fully.


Olivia Bouler,

an artist from Islip, N.Y., contacted the Audubon Society about selling some of her drawings to benefit rescue efforts to help wildlife affected by the Gulf oil catastrophe. AOL heard of her generosity and offered free promotion and space on the AOL news website, raising $20,000 in three days and more than $60,000 total. Impressive — and all the more so because Olivia is 11 years old.


The National World War II Museum

launched a campaign called "$10 For Them" earlier this year, ensuring WWII veterans would always be able to enter the museum for no charge. According to museum president and CEO Dr. Nick Mueller, the drive received donations from all 50 states, and by Memorial Day weekend Americans had contributed enough money to underwrite admission for 3,417 vets.


Matthew Lynn,

a columnist for Bloomberg, wrote a June 7 opinion column in which he advised BP: "Your job is to look after the owners of the company, not make yourself acceptable to a country that doesn't want you any more." Lynn offered this advice on how to deal with "whining Americans" — "Just say: 'Thanks for everything, guys. It was good while it lasted. Sorry about the oil spill, but so it goes. Goodbye and good night.'" After an outcry, the column was removed from Bloomberg's website.

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